When you think of tablets, you think of flimsy paper-thin electronic devices that you can break in half with your bare hands. They’re not exactly the sort of thing you would bring to anywhere remotely dangerous. However, that can be a bit of a problem when you’re a jet-set traveler. Lord knows how many situations in which your tablet may suddenly be broken: a rambunctious child or a slip on the pavement can turn your $500 tablet into so much spare parts. Well, Panasonic is going to solve your worries then.
Being the developers of the Toughbook line of rugged laptops, the Japanese company is lining their sights at an opening in the otherwise crowded tablet market: the rugged tablet portion. Panasonic’s Toughbook can already turn into a tablet, but they’re not exactly designed to be tablets. This time, Panasonic is building one from the ground up and it is looking mighty impressive. The really great thing about it is that it uses th Android OS, opening it up to several design possibilities and giving it access to the all-important apps that make tablets really great.
Spec-wise, the tablet is the complete deal. It has all the things that a modern tablet has and then some. First of these added features is GPS, a godsend when you’re out in the boonies. Others are a longer battery life, 3G/4G access, and the crowning glory: a 10 inch matte screen readable in bright daylight, with a stylus as the input device. Added to the rugged design, which boasts a tough chassis and most importantly, a very durable screen, and you’ve got an impressive product.
No word on the release date and pricing yet, but expect it to hit shelves within the year.